Forma Antiqva hits the right notes

III Melbourne Spring Early Music Festival
(Trinity College Chapel) | 11 October 2007

"The group has one vital attribute that makes the difference between early music performances being a pleasure: accuracy in note production."

Clive O’Connell. The Age, Melbourne, Australia.

The period instrument ensemble Forma Antiqva, in its touring from the recent Spring Early Music Festival, comprised the three Zapico brothers – Aarón the fulcrum on harpsichord, Daniel playing the imposing theorbo, and Pablo contributing a lively baroque guitar. Their program in the resonant surrounds of the Trinity Chapel at Melbourne University took its impetus from the keyboard sonatas of Scarlatti – one of Spanish music’s most famous imports – and moved off-centre to his predecessors and some contemporaries in Santiago de Murcia and José Blasco de Nebra.

The group has one vital attribute that makes the difference between early music performances being a pleasure: accuracy in note production. With the pell – mell runs in the opening trio of fandangos, Aarón Zapico’s delivery came over as crystalline, unmuffled, even and delivered with flexibility of rhythm.

Here and later on the recital, Daniel Zapico made his theorbo sound more prominent than most other interpreters you come across, who generally content themselves with generating a background buzz. Not this player: his open bass strings resonated with impressive amplitude while the rapidity of his left hand work in rapid passages during a ricercar by Diego Ortiz made the air crackle with controlled fire.

Only the Scarlatti arrangements sounded laboured, as in the A minor Sonata K175, here played by guitar and theorbo with stately grandeur rather than the aggressive bite that an interpreter such as Rafael Puyana gives it. But the anonymous Batalla Famosa served as brilliant showcase for this appealing young trio of true musicians.

Awards

Premio Sello FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Farándula castiza», 2021.
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Dirección 2019» para Aarón Zapico.
Medalla de Oro del Foro Europeo Cum Laude, 2019.
Premio MIN de la Música Independiente - Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) al «Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca y Clasicismo 2016».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016» por «Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani» (Winter & Winter).
Premio FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Concerto Zapico», 2015.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Opera Zapico» (Winter & Winter), 2014.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Concerto Zapico» (Winter & Winter), 2012.
Premio AMAS de la Música en Asturias, 2012.
Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural, 2012.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Amore x Amore» (Winter & Winter), 2011.
Premio «Asturiano del Mes» del periódico La Nueva España, 2011.
Premio al «Grupo del Año» de la Radio Televisión Pública de Asturias, 2010.

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